Experts: resist the urge to plant the garden

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DENVER — Our beautiful weather makes it tempting to break ground for your spring garden but experts say it’s a time to exercise patience.

One snowfall, like the one forecast to arrive later this week, can damage plants and many vegetables.

City Floral general manager Trela Phelps says new plants don’t have the strength to stand up to a spring storm and adds, “The biggest problem with March snow is that it’s so heavy and has a lot of moisture so it presses down on the plant and breaks them at the stem.”

Phelps says the toughest flower this time of year is the pansy. “It may flatten them down a little but two or three days of sun and they’ll pop right back up.”

If you’ve already planted, don’t fear, you can always place a bucket over your flowers or use a garden cover sheet to protect them.

As for vegetables, Phelps says there is one rule of thumb. “We always say gardening season kicks off around St. Patrick’s Day for vegetable gardening, you can start doing potatoes and onions and some root veggies otherwise if you garden in Colorado at all it is May before you can do anything.”

For more information you can visit City Floral’s website here.